First Lady Ann Scott, along with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen, joined hundreds of law enforcement personnel, public officials and citizens today for the 2018 Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Tallahassee. The annual event is held to remember Florida’s missing children, recognize the state’s efforts in child protection and educate Floridians on child safety and abduction prevention. [Read more…] about Seminole, Brevard SO win awards at Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony
Following the release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings showing the University of Florida ranking 8th in the nation among public universities, Governor Rick Scott today made the following statement.
Governor Scott said, “When I took office, the University of Florida ranked 17th among public universities in the nation, and I challenged them in 2014 to become a top-10 university. For the second year in a row, UF has surpassed that goal. The hard work of our students, faculty and university leadership statewide has led to many of Florida’s universities making incredible gains in national rankings. I’m proud that this past legislative session we secured a historic $2.5 billion for the university system and that we’ve been able to hold the line on tuition for the last five years – a tremendous accomplishment that has kept higher education affordable in Florida. I look forward to seeing this momentum continue.”
U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Public Universities:
- University of Florida – 8th, up from 9th last year;
- Florida State University – 26th, up from 33rd last year;
- University of South Florida – 58th, up from 68th last year;
- University of Central Florida – 87th, up from 90th last year; and
- Florida International University – 100th, up from 122nd last year.
Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier today issued the following statement in response to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis calling for reforms to curb property insurance fraud.
Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier stated: “I applaud CFO Patronis’ initiative in the fight against AOB abuse. Now, more than ever, is the time for a solution to the abuse and fraud that continues to threaten the affordability of insurance in Florida.
“Not only have AOB-related lawsuits skyrocketed, but the claims associated with an AOB are 85 percent more expensive than claims without an AOB. The excessive litigation fueled by bad actors who abuse AOBs will only result in higher premiums for our consumers.
“AOB reform has remained a top priority for my office and we look forward to joining CFO Patronis in our fight to hold consumers harmless.”
For more information about this issue, visit the Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) “Assignment of Benefits Resources” webpage.
Waives weight requirements for emergency vehicles, positions state assets
As Hurricane Florence grows and threatens the southeastern U.S. coast, Governor Scott today spoke with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to offer resources and assistance. Florence strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane this afternoon and is forecast to impact the southeastern U.S. coast later this week. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: While Families Remember Irma and Prepare for Florence, Florida Offers Support
The Florida Office of Financial Regulation today announced the surrender of Robert Lee Humphrey, Jr., for his alleged role in a crab fishery investment scam. He is charged with organized fraud, securities fraud, grand theft, sale of a security by an unregistered dealer and sale of an unregistered security. [Read more…] about Hillsborough County Man Arrested for Alleged $800,000 Investment Scam
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is participating in National Lifeline Awareness Week, Sept. 10–14, 2018, reminding low-income consumers that Lifeline Assistance (for phone or internet) helps you stay connected to family, friends, and community and emergency services. Information will be available at PSC outreach events in several Florida communities this month and is also available online. [Read more…] about Florida PSC Promotes National Lifeline Awareness Week
Broad Coalition of Organizations Call on Florida Joint Legislative
Budget Commission to Re-Allocate Unused Funds from Coach
Aaron Feis Guardian Program to Hire School Resource Officers
In light of recent information that $58 million dollars remains in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program fund that will go unused if not reallocated, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and education partners call on the Joint Legislative Budget Commission to agree to disburse these funds for districts to hire School Resource Officers (SROs) when they meet on September 14th. [Read more…] about Coalition urges unused funds be used for hiring SROs
The Florida Lottery today announced that a FANTASY 5® top prize-winning ticket worth $33,589.84 remains unclaimed. The 180-day deadline to claim the top prize is Sunday, September 16, 2018, at midnight ET. [Read more…] about $33,000 FANTASY 5® ticket set to expire
With the anniversary of Hurricane Irma upon us, FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed has released the following statement regarding residents’ safety, member center compliance, and continued preparations in the wake of Irma’s destruction. [Read more…] about FHCA’s Emmet Reed on Irma Anniversary
FDLE agents today arrested Maria Liduvina Reyes, 44, of 1413 Gray Street SE in Palm Bay, for falsely reporting that she had been sexually assaulted by a law enforcement officer. Reyes faces two charges: false reports to law enforcement authorities and falsely accusing a law enforcement officer. [Read more…] about FDLE arrests Palm Bay woman for falsely accusing law enforcement officer